Barry Feinstein was a photographer, filmmaker, and art director responsible for creating some of the most iconic and enduring pop culture imagery of the mid- 20th century.
Especially known for his album cover photographs, Feinstein created artwork for over 500 albums, including the classic covers of All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, Pearl by Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton’s eponymous first solo album, Ringo by Ringo Starr, The Times They Are a-Changin‘ by Bob Dylan, Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds, and Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones. Ultimately Feinstein photographed almost every significant musician of the 1960’s and 70’s.
Feinstein was the exclusive photographer for Bob Dylan’s legendary 1966 European tour and again for Dylan and The Band’s 1974 US tour. As a filmmaker,he documented the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, produced and directed the classic 1968 experimental film You Are What You Eat, and was the official still photographer and cameraman for George Harrison’s historic1970 performance, The Concert for Bangladesh.
Feinstein also photographed the leading Hollywood and political figures of his day—from Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor to Princess Margaret, JFK and Richard Nixon. During his lengthy and varied career, Feinstein received over thirty international Art Director’s and photojournalism awards. His photographs regularly appeared in publications such as Life, Look, Time, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Feinstein’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, London; The Columbus Museum, Georgia; The National Portrait Gallery, Scotland; and Fondazione Carispezia in Italy. His prints are included in numerous public and private collections.
A number of books have been published of Feinstein’s work, including Real Moments: Bob Dylan (Omnibus, 2008), Hollywood Photo-Rhetoric (Simon & Schuster, 2008) and Unseen McQueen (Reel Art Press, 2013).
Feinstein was born in 1931 in Philadelphia and for many years lived in New York City and Los Angeles. He passed away in 2011 after a lengthy illness in Woodstock, New York, where he had lived for many years with his wife, painter Judith Jamison.